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Nick Charles

Nick Charles
President, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust

Recent Posts

Results from our Slice of Life Caption Contest

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 10:47:13 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Restaurant Marketing

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After weeks of voting and hundreds of submissions, we’ve finally crowned a winner in our Facebook Page’s Slice of Life Caption Contest! Last Friday, Chris Mascio from Gabriel’s II Pizza in Washington Crossing, PA took home the grand prize for his caption below.

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Grab a Slice of Life — and Some Great Caption Contest Prizes!

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Nick Charles

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Are you a pizzeria owner/operator, general manager, chef or employee who likes a little friendly competition? Love winning swag and other great prizes, including a case of delicious, Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust products?

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New! Authentic Wood Fired Crust from Alive & Kickin’

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 9:08:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties, Performance/Quality

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Who doesn’t love a pizza with the perfect balance of chewy and crisp texture, a hint of unique smoky flavor, and the artisanal appearance of a hearth-baked pie? These are the distinct, mouth-watering characteristics only made possible when pizzas are cooked in a high-heat, wood-fired oven.

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The Impact of FSMA on Pizzerias

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 4, 2017 9:09:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tackling a number of initiatives under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that holds food retailers, manufacturers/suppliers and distributors accountable for food quality and keeping the public safe from the effects of contaminated food outbreaks.

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2017 Trends Forecast for Pizzerias and Other Restaurants

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2016 9:14:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Menus & Recipes

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Out with the old, in with the new! 2017 is shaping up to be a year of continued evolution for the restaurant industry, which will naturally shape pizzeria trends in terms of tastes, experience and operations.

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Pizza 101: Tips and Tricks for Using a Wood-Fired Oven [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 26, 2016 9:20:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations, Video

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Wood-fired ovens are unique, and some traditional oven rules don’t apply. Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is here to share tips and tricks for making a perfectly cooked, tasty wood-fired pizza.

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The Fast-Casual Trend: Impact on Pizza & Restaurant Industries

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2016 9:18:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations

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With a reported double-digit percentage growth from 2014 to 2015, the fast-casual restaurant sector is a force to be reckoned with in foodservice—a force of $30 billion-plus in annual sales, to be exact.

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Pizza 101: Hand Stretching a Dough Ball [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 9:07:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Performance/Quality, Video

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Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is back in the kitchen to demonstrate how to hand stretch a dough ball into the crust of a patron-pleasing pizza.

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Pizza 101: Tools You Need and How to Use Them [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 26, 2016 2:49:14 PM / by Nick Charles posted in Kitchen Operations, Video

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Making pizza is part skill, part art and all dependent on the proven tools of the trade. What does it take to make the perfect pie? Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust walks us through Pizza 101: The Tools You Need and How to Use Them.

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Pizza Crust Types: Flatbreads

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2016 9:08:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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Ancient in origin and a world traveler like the people who first made it, flatbread (or “first bread”) evolved from a basic cultural staple of ground grain and water into a beloved, versatile flat crust infused with signature mixes of herbs and spices that complement any number of toppings.

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